Year of Birth Uncertain

Out shopping

Tribal pursuit

Sunday, 19 February, 2012, 12:00am

In two minds

Alex Kuo is wandering the aisles of the Prince's Building's Bookazine branch. Glinting mischievously, wizened and weathered, and modestly dressed in a worn khaki field jacket, he looks out of place among the preened Centralites.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Through the red door

New York-based designer Phillip Lim compares his years in fashion to dog years: one year feels like seven. 'It's been such a fast ride I didn't even realise it was our anniversary,' he says, when I remark upon his eponymous label's fifth birthday. 'Yet at the same time it's so intense, I feel like I've been doing this forever.'

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Phillip Lim skips Paris to launch multi-city video project in HK

New York-based fashion designer Phillip Lim (pictured left) loves Hong Kong so much that he shunned Paris Fashion Week to party here.

'I skipped Paris and came straight to Hong Kong,' said the fashion golden boy behind the brand 3.1 Phillip Lim. 'I think it's important to be here because I'm Chinese. I feel so connected to my roots when I'm here.'

12 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Diaspora diaries

As a child, Phillip Lim became used to the hum of his mother's sewing machine, as she made garments at home for piece-rate wages. The Lims, the father from Hunan province, mother from Guangzhou, emigrated to California via Thailand (where Phillip was born) and the parents took whatever work was available to support their five children.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

You've got to laugh

AFTER TEARING up draft after draft, Linda Jaivin decided that her novel about the cruel treatment of asylum seekers in Australia's migrant detention centres had to be funny. Humour, the former Hongkonger felt, would help readers cope with the appalling neglect of Asian, Middle Eastern and African refugees, including children, who are kept behind razor wire for years.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Irregular service

Two years ago, I sold my old Buick sedan and, because the annual licensing sticker on my number plate was six months from expiry, a clerk at the provincial licensing bureau said I was owed C$18.50 ($123). She would not give me cash, but wrote out a credit note that I could use towards the cost of the sticker for my new car.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Camp drama

Security forces are prepared for violence this morning when they remove 1,660 boat people, some with a military background, from Whitehead detention centre in Sha Tin.

7 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

II missing

A VIETNAMESE detainee at the Tai A Chau detention centre is thought to have fallen into choppy waters after going fishing. His fishing rod and bucket were found.

28 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Detainee freed

PALATINE, Illinois: Martin Blake, 23, questioned for nearly two days in the restaurant killings of seven people, was released, but a prosecutor said he had not been cleared.

13 Jan 1993 - 12:00am